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The M-42 or M1942 was an anti-tank gun that was used by the Soviet Union during World War II.


The M-42 was a relatively small weapon that could fire its 45 mm round at a maximum distance of 4.55 kilometers. However, the M-42's effective firing range was far shorter, with about 61 millimeters of penetration at 500 meters. The main benefit of the M-42 was that with a trained crew of five, a rate of fire of up to twenty rounds per minute could be achieved and with its combat weight of 625 kg, the M-42 could be repositioned quickly.[1]



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  1. 1.0 1.1 Zaloga, Steven J. Ness, Leland, J. Companion to the Red Army. The History Press (2009), Page 203

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